Stephen MallyThe Gazette
Brendan SullivanOmaha World-Herald
Francis GardlerLincoln Journal Star
Three strong shots in a competitive category. First place: We all winced. The cheek ripple clinched it for us. Second place: There were several shots like this, and this image stood out for its good facial expressions and the flying hat. Third place: Another one that made us cringe. We would have liked to see the whole series of photos, though.
Judges: Jason Malmont/Freelance, Markell DeLoatch/Public Opinion, Matthew O'Haren/Freelance